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4 Keys to Preparing to Do God’s Will for Your Life

Maps, Maps, Maps

In John 17:4, Jesus makes an astounding statement in His conversation with His Father, “I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do.” (NLT) That’s a claim that none of us can ever make. Jesus did everything the Father had given Him to do.

What is success? The world defines it as achieving great things, making a good living, or generally finding happiness on earth. But God defines success in this way: doing everything God tells you to do. In other words, success is simply fulfilling the will of God for your life – nothing less, and nothing more.

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The Easter Story, As Told by Marshmallow Peeps

You may see this as trite, or you might see it as a really tasty way (pun intended) to share the basic elements of the story of Jesus through imagery familiar to everyone who has ever experienced the awesome goodness of Marshmallow Peeps.

Can’t see it? Watch it on Youtube.
Hat Tip to Matthew Paul Turner.

Is Mad Men a Religious Program?

Mad Men
Well… no, but it certainly makes for a good illustration of a very simple biblical principle – that of consequences. The laws of “sowing and reaping” or “cause and effect” are realities we cannot escape.

I loved Russell Moore’s post on this topic so much I wanted to pass it along here. So often our approach is to write off anything non-religious as being non-spiritually-valuable. I’m not saying (and neither is Dr. Moore) that watching Mad Men or any other television program will necessarily contribute to your spiritual growth. What I am saying is that sometimes divine realities are more understood and perhaps more effectively interpreted by the culture than by the church.

It’s tough sometimes for us to broach the subject of depravity and the results of sin, but often culture presents stark pictures of that depravity, reinforcing an inborn need in us for a connection with a Redeemer. And that would be Jesus.

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A New Definition of YOU

You may not remember the musical group, The Turtles, but you probably remember one of their more famous songs. Do these words ring a bell?

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice
It had to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together

We live in a world in which there is plenty of emphasis on me… that is, on self. We talk plenty about self-image, self-respect, and self-worth. What is baffling, however, is how little we can understand about ourselves without understanding our Creator and His intentions for us, and yet how little we involve Him in defining us.

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My Interview Question to Dennis Quaid

Yesterday was a cool day in Los Angeles for me. For my wife, it was cool, mixed with managing a very active almost-one-year-old at a small outdoor shopping mall in 90 degree weather for a few hours while I was off in Hollywood attending a press junket for the Soul Surfer movie.

I was invited to represent since the press has brought a lot of attention to the faith-related elements of the film, and I’ll be posting on the site shortly about that very thing.

I sat in a hotel room around a table with five other reporters from various showbiz media outlets and spent twenty minutes doing group interviews with Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb, Bethany Hamilton, Rob McNamara, and Lorraine Nicholson. Because I was completely new to the experience and was surrounded by experienced Hollywood reporters, I kept mostly quiet, but I did want to ask Dennis Quaid one single question. Here’s the audio…


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